Polo (Mutton Pilaf)

  • 500 gm (~1 lb)  mutton
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 large white onion
  • 3 cups white rice
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ¼ cup cooking oil or less 
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ cup sultana raisins 

  1. Cut the meat into 2.5 cm (1 in) cubes. 
  2. Sear the mutton in a wok on medium heat in cooking oil with 1 tsp salt. 
  3. Slice vegetables into thin slivers, about 2 mm (1/8 in) thick.
  4. Add vegetables into the wok and continue to fry the mixture until the meat is half cooked.
  5. Dissolve the salt and sugar into 4½ cups of warm water in a pre-heated cooking pot. 
  6. Transfer the mixture from wok into the pot. Continue to cook at medium heat for a few minutes.
  7. Add rinsed rice and raisins to the pot and stir until some of the water has evaporated. Poke holes with chopsticks into the rice to let air circulate. 
  8. Simmer for about forty minutes without stirring.